ICON_JPEGLast week I mentioned Connect2Media's Arachnadoodle [99¢] in a roundup with a few other games, and since then the game hasn't been getting anywhere near the amount of love it deserves, which is surprising considering the amount of people who go crazy whenever Peggle [$4.99] and/or Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$2.99] are mentioned.

In the game you play as Boris the spider whose goal in life is similar to that of all spiders: Making webs and collecting as many flies as possible. The game board consists of Peggle-like pegs, which all must be connected in order to make it through a level. By touching and dragging on the screen you control the speed and direction of Boris's jumps. As you pass by each pin, Boris connects a piece of his web to it and when every pin is covered in web a squadron of flies fly through accompanied by Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries.

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If you're only concerned about clearing each of the 32 levels included in the game, Arachnadoodle doesn't offer much play time. Where the immense amount of replay value comes in is from the strategy required for building a good web. You get bonus points for each of the flies that your web catches at the end of the level, and catching all the flies requires a web that has as many of the pins connected to each other as possible. (The overall strength of your web is determined by the web gauge on the top left corner of the screen.)

With a set number of jumps on each level, you need to carefully plan each of them to get as much web coverage as possible while still leaving one (or more) pegs un-webbed, since as soon as you connect to the last peg the level is over regardless of how many jumps you have left. Scores are tracked online via OpenFeint, and there are also a few achievements if you're looking to pad your OpenFeint gamer score.

IMG_4To spice things up further, there are special obstacles on many of the levels such as bugs which explode when hit that destroy part of your web, pins that your spider can spin off of to change trajectory, bumpers that you bounce off of, and others. Arachnadoodle also just spews bonus points while you're playing, seemingly rewarding both lucky and well planned jumps. For instance, when you connect several pins, or connect two pins that are very far away the game goes in to slow-motion, text pops up telling you what you just did, and you get even more points. Tons of things reward bonus points, and it's fun randomly seeing yourself doing very well.

Everything in Arachnadoodle combines to create a ridiculously cute game, between your spider's googly eyes, animated text and sparkles everywhere, and Boris yelling "Yay!" every time you do well I doubt anyone can resist cracking a smile while playing. Sure there could be more levels in the game, but if Arachnadoodle sucks you in like I expect it will, you will be replaying your favorite levels trying to build a perfect web and getting on the OpenFeint scoreboards for quite some time.

Arachnadoodle is definitely a hidden gem on the App Store, combining many tried and true gameplay elements in to a very fun iPhone game that I highly recommend downloading.

Arachnadoodle: Arachnadoodle, 99¢

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  • PrivateJoker

    Love this game. Spent hours getting top scores on the leaderboards. Needs a quick restart button though.

  • PrivateJoker

    Love this game. Spent hours getting top scores on the leaderboards. Needs a quick restart button though.

  • ejames

    looks cool ill try it for a buck!

  • ejames

    looks cool ill try it for a buck!

  • mrbass

    I'll stick with Rescue Angels 500 $3 currently that has 500 levels.

    • arn

      true, true, unrelated.

      • mrbass

        "To spice things up further, there are special obstacles on many of the levels such as bugs which explode when hit that destroy part of your web, pins that your spider can spin off of to change trajectory, bumpers that you bounce off of, and others"

        Well can't say I played this game but reading this and watching the short video clip it sure seems like Rescue Angels / Bloons to me. As Rescue Angels has special arrows that explode and other obstacles that don't move, etc. The spider is the arrows in this case. Sorry if I'm way off base though arn.

  • mrbass

    I'll stick with Rescue Angels 500 $3 currently that has 500 levels.

    • arn

      true, true, unrelated.

      • mrbass

        "To spice things up further, there are special obstacles on many of the levels such as bugs which explode when hit that destroy part of your web, pins that your spider can spin off of to change trajectory, bumpers that you bounce off of, and others"

        Well can't say I played this game but reading this and watching the short video clip it sure seems like Rescue Angels / Bloons to me. As Rescue Angels has special arrows that explode and other obstacles that don't move, etc. The spider is the arrows in this case. Sorry if I'm way off base though arn.

  • rich_952000

    I'll second Arn's recommendation. The game is just all around fun and C2M have a record of bringing content updates to their games.

  • rich_952000

    I'll second Arn's recommendation. The game is just all around fun and C2M have a record of bringing content updates to their games.

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  • Silverfist

    Okay, I admit I was interested in this when you first mentioned it a few days ago, but with the special attention and the added details, this turned into a no-brainer purchase... damn you and your websitey wiles!

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  • Silverfist

    Okay, I admit I was interested in this when you first mentioned it a few days ago, but with the special attention and the added details, this turned into a no-brainer purchase... damn you and your websitey wiles!

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  • Psy-Phi

    After watching that video...I have to buy it. It is way too cute to pass up. Love the art, animation, and little faces the spider makes. Can't wait to show this one off tomorrow :).

  • Psy-Phi

    After watching that video...I have to buy it. It is way too cute to pass up. Love the art, animation, and little faces the spider makes. Can't wait to show this one off tomorrow :).

  • xioix

    This game is awesome. One of the best games I have played this year. It has the additive qualities of Peggle and Spider combined into one. Its a really great game I hope more people pick it up.

    • rich_952000

      I have to agree here. I'm still 100% loving Arachnadoodle and hope that C2M are selling copies like hot-cakes so there can be more levels brought in an update or an Arachnadoodle 2. A level editor would be absolutely amazing!

  • xioix

    This game is awesome. One of the best games I have played this year. It has the additive qualities of Peggle and Spider combined into one. Its a really great game I hope more people pick it up.

    • rich_952000

      I have to agree here. I'm still 100% loving Arachnadoodle and hope that C2M are selling copies like hot-cakes so there can be more levels brought in an update or an Arachnadoodle 2. A level editor would be absolutely amazing!